UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL - 48TH SESSION

Item 2  - Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on the situation of human rights in the Tigray region of Ethiopia

National statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Madam High Commissioner,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement. We remain extremely concerned about the still expanding conflict in Ethiopia. It becomes more apparent every day that the fruitless pursuit of a military solution only comes at the expense of Ethiopian citizens. We echo the call by the UN Secretary-General for foreign forces to leave the country, full humanitarian access to be guaranteed for all areas in need, resumption of essential services and for an inclusive national political dialogue to take place. This requires all parties to commit to a ceasefire.

We are particularly concerned about the safety of humanitarian workers; they must be able to do their work in safety and without obstruction.

The joint investigation of the OHCHR and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission can be an important milestone. It can help establish the facts and catalyze the process towards justice for victims and survivors.  All those responsible for potential war crimes and violations and abuses of human rights law in northern Ethiopia must be held accountable.

We call on the Council to engage with the report after its public release in November with the seriousness the situation deserves. We also encourage the High Commissioner to brief the Council intersessionally.

Our question is: what commitments did you receive from those responsible for violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law to implement the recommendations that will be presented in the report?

Thank you.